It was a day of mild moves on the market on the first day back from a long holiday weekend.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 8.07 points, or 0.03%, to 25,891, while the S&P 500 rose 0.15%, and the Nasdaq rose 0.19% to eke out its sixth straight day of gains.
Trade and Chipmakers
The trade war truce between the U.S. and China expires on March 1. If relations improve after that date or tariffs are eliminated for certain sectors, U.S. semiconductor companies could certainly benefit. "A trade agreement between the U.S. and China would focus on purchases of specific products, such as soybeans and semiconductors, rather than a broad basket," wrote a team of Goldman Sachs strategists in a note out Tuesday. This would be great news for Nvidia Corp. (NVDA - Get Report) , Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD - Get Report) , and Intel Corp. (INTC - Get Report) , among other U.S. chip makers.
Walmart's E-commerce Sales
Aside from the fact that Walmart Inc. (WMT - Get Report) beat earnings estimates, there was one key data point the retail giant was proud to show off in its earnings report, which is that its e-commerce sales grew 43% year-over-year. Much of Walmart's long-term strategy is rooted in digital sales, although Eric Jhonsa cautioned investors about overestimating how much of an online threat Walmart has become to Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) . Walmart was the stock of the day at RealMoney, our premium site for active investors. For more on the company's strong quarter, see Kevin Curran's coverage here.
Papa John's Downgraded
TheStreet's Tony Owusu reported that Papa John's International Inc. (PZZA - Get Report) fell 4.31% to $43.31 a share Tuesday after Stifel downgraded the stock to sell from hold, citing competitiveness in the fast-food pizza space. Papa John's will have to lower prices, thinks Stifel, which lowered its price target to $35.